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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Hutson

Stop, Go or Proceed with Caution Pregnancy Massage Edition

STOP! Do not work on a client if they are presenting any of the following conditions or symptoms before or during massage.

  • Bleeding, spotting, hemorrhaging (miscarriage or placenta problems)

  • Leaking fluids, possible amniotic fluids leak, or water breaking

  • Infection

  • Contagious illness or disease

  • Fever

  • Diarrhea

  • Sudden, rapid, overall swelling/edema (pre-eclampsia or toxicity)

  • Eclampsia/toxemia

  • Active inflammatory disease affecting blood vessels

  • Deep blood clots (may dislodge a clot)

  • Experiencing nausea, vomiting or morning sickness

  • Decrease in fetal movement

GO! Massage is perfectly fine!

  • Having twins or multiples

  • Placenta previa (blocking the cervix)

  • On blood thinners

  • Edema (massage will help)

  • Pupps (rash on legs)

  • Psoriasis

  • Past your due date

  • Breech baby

  • Gestational diabetes

  • Advanced maternal age (over 35 and high risk)

  • High blood pressure

  • Previous high risk pregnancy

  • Asthma

Proceed with Caution

  • High risk pregnancy (know the reason and if it affects massage)

  • Autoimmune disorder (talk and agree with doctor)

  • Moderate to severe varicose veins

  • Surface blood clots (NOT to be confused with deep vein thrombosis)

  • Skin irritation, rash (stay away from it)

  • Other acute injuries

  • Local contagious conditions anywhere on the body

Don't Worry! Stuff you seriously don't need to worry about!

  • Foot massage

  • Gently belly rub

  • Massage late in the pregnancy

  • Massage in first trimester

  • Stopping in the middle of the massage if she has to use the bathroom

  • Deep work on chronically stressed areas (feet, neck, shoulders, back, hips, sacrum)

Don't Ever! This stuff is just not smart to do!

  • Lie a pregnant women flat on her back after 12 weeks

  • Stimulate reflex points for endocrine or reproductive systems

  • Stimulate contraindicated acupressure points

  • Do heat treatments that would ride core body temperature

  • Lie a pregnant women face down on a flat table after 12 weeks

  • Deep tissue work on legs, inner thighs, or abdomen

  • Range of motion in second or third trimester (affects SI joints or pubic symphyses)

  • Calf stretches late in pregnancy

  • Tapotement

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